September 18th, 2009
07:00 PM ET
9 years ago

Networks respond to false Fox ad

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Fox News is under fire for a Friday ad that inaccurately accused its competitors, including CNN, of failing to cover last weekend's Tea Party protests in Washington.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Fox News is under fire for a newspaper ad they purchased Friday that inaccurately accused its competitors, including CNN, of failing to cover last weekend's Tea Party protests in Washington.

"How did, ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, and CNN miss this story?" Fox's newspaper ad asks.

The answer: They didn't.

CNN provided live coverage of the rally in Washington on Saturday, dispatching more than a dozen personnel, including multiple camera crews and the CNN Express Bus, to cover the event. Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser was live at Freedom Plaza; Correspondent Kate Bolduan reported live from the Capitol and throughout the crowd; All Platform Journalist Jim Spellman provided live hits all day after traveling for weeks on the Tea Party Express Bus; and CNN Correspondent Lisa Desjardins was live for CNN and CNN Radio from the National Mall.

CNN's Rick Sanchez weighs in on Fox's ad

CNN's coverage also included numerous live reports and interviews with protesters and newsmakers, including rally day speaker Sen. Jim DeMint and activist Art Gerhart, who was on the set with anchor Don Lemon to discuss the event.

In addition, CNN.com provided a live stream of the rally throughout the day.

ABC referred Friday to a statement by Matt Kibbe, president of FreedomWorks - the group that organized the event – characterizing the network's coverage that day as "fair and honest." The rally story was featured on the network's morning shows, nightly news broadcast, in extensive radio reporting and online.

MSNBC also pointed to its own reporting. "Just like every other network mentioned in the ad, MSNBC covered last Saturday's protest," the network said in a statement.

CBS detailed its coverage of the event in a statement issued Friday afternoon.

"CBS News had multiple crews on site with our Congressional Correspondent Nancy Cordes reporting," the network said in a statement. "It was the lead story on the CBS EVENING NEWS; CBS Radio News provided hourly reports during the day and CBSNews.com had the story in its rotating lead all day. They also processed the Nancy Cordes video and linked it throughout the site."

And CNN criticized Fox for its inaccurate statement. "Fox News' ad released today is blatantly false regarding CNN's coverage of the 9/12 rally," CNN said in a statement.

Watch some of CNN's Tea Party coverage here, and read some of our in-depth reporting.


Filed under: Tea Party Express
soundoff (794 Responses)
  1. down stroke

    Fox News (fake news) is good for laughs. It is just like the National Enquirer. especially with that guy Hannity!

    September 18, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  2. welches, oregon

    anybody that even watches Flux news at this point has to be a moron.

    Why do you watch a news channel that spreads lies and distorts the truth? Because they're telling you what you want to hear, no matter how untruthful? Is this really the America you want? News based on lies? That's China or North Korea folks. Is that what you want?

    Regulation can't come soon enough – and that's why we need government – to look out for crap like this.

    September 18, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  3. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    I can't wait to see what Keith Olbermann & Rachel Maddow have to say about this tonight! And by the way, CNN ... your counter-programming to MSNBC during these time blocks ... not worth the time ... Campbell Brown is a twit and Larry King is a on-air version of the tacky tabloids.

    September 18, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  4. Perry

    Even as a Republican... Foxnews makes my ears hurt.

    September 18, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  5. Jim, San Antonio

    Fox News is the propaganda arm of the Republican Party, no more, no less.

    September 18, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  6. Normal in NH

    Why are you all so excited? Does your ideology demand you respond to cable news networks' bickering...?

    September 18, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  7. Dale

    It appears the more Fox can lie about it will. Does this network have no honor. Oh yeah, its not about truth telling its about how many lies they can come up with about everyone else but themselves!!

    September 18, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  8. John Rosati

    What else is new at FIX News? We come to expect bias reporting and reckless commentators like Beck and his ilk at this cable outlet. Where are the grown-ups at Fix News?

    September 18, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  9. Dan

    What do you expect from Faux news? These guys never get the story right. Always full of lies and distortions. Faux is really tabloid entertainment rather than serious journalism.

    September 18, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  10. bored

    Fox news tells a lie. And in other breaking news, grass is green.

    September 18, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  11. Jim

    I just love the comment "It is about democracy against socialism." from Red by nature.

    News flash America isn't a democracy it is a plutocracy. Look it up.

    September 18, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  12. David S.

    Oh yeah, Foxnews is a joke, thats why their ratings are more than all the other "news" organizations combined. So here is CNN whining about what Foxnews is saying. these comments make me laugh, Fox is a propaganda tool for the GOP? Whats CNN and MSNBC? The government should shut down Foxnews! CNN probably screens these comments only putting the ones who are pro-CNN. Face it CNN, the people have found out your agenda so your badly slippipng in the ratings.

    September 18, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  13. Dan, WA

    Actually CNN is biased and they cannot blame Fox News. You need to come to the center rather than praising the Messiah.

    September 18, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  14. Hat Trick

    I commend CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, and MSNBC for not falling for the same FOX propaganda this time and only giving the protest last week as much coverage they deserve without the hysteria and hype.

    If you all had done the same 7 years ago we just might not have been in Iraq. Thanks for recognizing Fox News for what it is.

    September 18, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  15. vic nashville , Tn

    CNN
    Middle class is disappearing this true CNN Lou Dobbs fighting for long time

    If we want know best political news we have to tune to situation room

    If we have to watch good debate we have tune to Campbell Brown at the same time FOX and MSNBC screaming each other (8pm Et)

    Do you want to watch best interview watch Larry King

    Do you want to know the truth watch AC 360

    Do you want to know what is going the world watch GPS on Sunday

    Any time do you want watch Breaking news CNN news room is there for us

    News media covering the truth watch Reliable sources on Sunday

    Do you want to know the forecast of politics watch State of the union

    CNN telecast the whole Rush Limbaugh speech but he was thanking to FOX

    Only one independent media is CNN

    Fair and Balance is CNN

    I love to watch CNN 24 x 7

    CNN ignore those you don’t need to explain

    September 18, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  16. Instig8or in CA

    Whether it was explicitly stated or not, the coverage given to this event was so much less than it would have been had this been a liberal or lord help us, OBAMA event.

    Whether or not reporters were dispatched, the time or ink allocated to this important event was no where near to that given to something like the "million" man march...

    September 18, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  17. Andi

    Of course they can get away with it....the idiots who watch FOX are infamously uneducated and take everything they see at face value without ever questioning anything.

    September 18, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  18. felicia

    That's because fix news are BIG FAT PHONIES and liers

    September 18, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  19. Heather T

    I'm surprised it takes Fox on the offensive to draw fire from CNN and others. Fox is not a news source; it's propoganda targeted at people who are fearful and can't weigh competing sides against one another to have an opinion of their own.

    September 18, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  20. t beyer

    Why are you being so namby pamby with these Fox jerks?! Nail 'em as
    the ouitright liars they are!

    September 18, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  21. Steve, New York City

    How can anyone claim that Fox News is objective? They are a joke! The other networks might also be biased, but at least CNN has a decent balance of commentators from both sides.

    September 18, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  22. David S.

    Yeah and all your coverage CNN was your pundit commentators slamming protesters and insinuating they are all on the GOP payroll. Fair reporting my butt CNN!

    September 18, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  23. atlantapril

    So Fox News has officially abdicated its claim at reporting news and has now moved toward inflaming the fringe? Here's a news flash to NBC, CNN, MSNBC, ABC & CBS: Fox ran this ad not because they believe you didn't cover the event. They ran this ad to further their contention that they are the last bulwark against Obamaism.

    September 18, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  24. billy bob

    When did CNN cover it? I guess they mentiones it in a couple of ten second sound bites.

    September 18, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  25. Jose

    You know looking at most of these comments i am shocked that CNN doesnlt have more viewers latest ratings:
    Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for September 16, 2009

    P2+ Total Day
    FNC – 1,548,000 viewers
    CNN – 563,000 viewers
    MSNBC –421,000 viewers
    CNBC – 212,000 viewers
    HLN – 336,000 viewers

    P2+ Prime Time
    FNC – 3,290,000viewers
    CNN— 950,000 viewers
    MSNBC –986,000 viewers
    CNBC – a scratch w/117,000 viewers
    HLN – 646,000viewers

    It looks liek FOX owns CNN doesn;t it???

    September 18, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
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